Made a flying start to life on the Senior Tour, finishing runner up in the Mallorca Open Senior on his debut before winning The ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship, holding off the challenge of defending champion Andrew Oldcorn. Went on to finish fifth on the Order of Merit, winning the Rookie of the Year Award for 2012. Had spent five years preparing for the Senior Tour, and claimed the second card at the Qualifying School with an impressive performance at Pestana Golf Resort’s Vale da Pinta, despite admitting his putter was cold all week. The long-time club professional took over from Senior Tour Committee Chairman David J Russell as the head professional at Kedleston Park, near Derby, in 2001 and will followed in his footsteps on the Senior Tour. Opted not to try full-time Tour life in the 1990s as he wanted to be around his young family, but represented Great Britain and Ireland against the United States in the PGA Cup on six occasions between 1998 and 2009 and won the European Club Professionals Championship in 2002 and Glenmuir Club Professionals Championship in 2006.